Soft, moist brown sugar is simply granulated
sugar that has been mixed with molasses.
Light brown sugar has less molasses and a
milder flavor than dark brown. The types are
interchangable in most recipes, depending on
your taste. In a pinch, you can make your own
brown sugar by blending 1 cup of granulated
sugar with 4 teaspoons of molasses for light
brown sugar, or 1/4 cup molasses for dark.
Once you open a box of brown sugar, transfer it
to an airtight container or a tightly sealed zip-
top bag to prevent it from hardening.
When a recipe calls for packed brown sugar,
scoop it into a measuring cup, then press
down firmly. The sugar should be packed tight
enough so that you can unmold it like a sand